Ready to blush? Just kidding—nobody enjoys making their cheeks burn out of involuntary embarrassment. But this time we are taking you on an emotional rollercoaster where it may be the only option.

It’s called blast from the past. Remember your 8-year-old self drinking coke in a wine glass thinking you were as tipsy as auntie Becky at a family reunion barbecue, ready to pass out on the floor and beg for salvation? What about the time you cried for 10 days straight after finding out that gum you swallowed would stay in your stomach forever? What if I told you that you're not the only one? In fact, that ginger kid from school, your cousin from Wyoming, and I were all secretly doing the same odd things. So, let’s go down this cringe-inducing memory lane where all our little secrets are laid out on the table.

Pandas, is anyone having a déjà vu moment? Then share your experiences in the comments. Also, scroll down below to see what Krystine Batcho, a professor of nostalgia at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, told Bored Panda about the influence that childhood experiences have on the course of our lives.

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Francis
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3 weeks ago

age 27: stil doing this :D

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Iván Galarraga
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3 weeks ago

Sure, and also running with the finger ready to press the living room lights

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European other
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3 weeks ago

Yep 😉

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Prof. Krystine Batcho, a licensed psychologist and scholar in nostalgia, has developed a universal tool to measure our emotions towards the past using The Nostalgia Inventory Test. It measures how deeply and often people feel nostalgic.

Bored Panda asked the professor about the role our childhood memories play in our lives. “Childhood memories can influence adult lives in a number of ways. They can contribute to our overall sense of happiness in life.” Social experiences we had when little turn out to be crucial. “Positive childhood social events, such as family get-togethers during the holidays or parties to celebrate birthdays or achievements, help establish good self-esteem and healthy social skills in adulthood.”

Prof. Batcho’s life-long research has suggested that “positive childhood memories are associated with more adaptive coping skills in adulthood.” For example, people with happier memories of childhood were less likely to turn to counterproductive ways of dealing with stressful situations, such as substance abuse or escapist behavior. Healthy coping is not something we’re born with, but rather “is learned during childhood by role modeling trusted adults, and memories of how respected adults coped with adversity,” said the professor.

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What does a Foxxy say?
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3 weeks ago

I used to draw on my erasers and then stamp them on my skin whilst the pen ink was still wet.

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3 weeks ago

STILL!!! I still do this!!

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Tee
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3 weeks ago

I still try till this day!

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Most of us deeply cherish powerful childhood memories and carry them throughout our lives. Batcho explained that this phenomenon is called a “'rosy retrospection,' that is, a tendency to remember the past as better than it really was.” But there might be an evolutionary reason for it, because “a favorable focus on the past helps most people remain healthy and happy despite the practical and emotional challenges of adult life.”

On the other hand, one's current mood has a tremendous influence on memory retrieval. “When we are sad or depressed, we are more likely to remember negative events in our past and remember past experiences less favorably.” That’s why if you’re in a bad mood, it’s better to leave those blasts from the past for another time in order not to distort them.

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Hans
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3 weeks ago

Imagination is a gift, loosing it is a tragedy.

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European other
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3 weeks ago

True how things have changed although I see a lot of kids on bikes

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Krazy Kanuck
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3 weeks ago

NOTHING hurts more than a plastic cut on the edge of your cheek

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Hans
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3 weeks ago

Unless you live in a country where Mac and Cheese aren't a thing.

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High Fox
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3 weeks ago

"you can hit me!"

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Lisa loves cats
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3 weeks ago

Still do this when my fan is on!

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Tee
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3 weeks ago

I still do this. Idk why but hey to each its own.

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Luna Lovegood
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3 weeks ago

and mom got freaked out and told you not to...

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Iván Galarraga
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3 weeks ago

I used to do that but on a lake full of piranhas, or sharks

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Hans
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3 weeks ago

This still works today!

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Iván Galarraga
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3 weeks ago

They are usefull to make blowguns too

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Jessica-May
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3 weeks ago

*34 year old

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 weeks ago

i always dreamed of having this one as kid, but mom said it was too expensive...

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Hendra Lim
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3 weeks ago

it happened once, and it's scary as f*ck

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Monday
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3 weeks ago

At 27 I still cringe when I have to make a phonecall....

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Bookey
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3 weeks ago

I hated this!! And they'd ask "do you remember me"? How the flipping heck would I remember you?

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Krazy Kanuck
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3 weeks ago

throw it again, and make helicopter sounds https://youtu.be/ARThwtLyqPY

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Danish Dynomummy
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3 weeks ago

Also as an adult watching your kid play on those!

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Hendra Lim
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3 weeks ago

i still feel so proud when i hide in the bathroom while the lights out, my cousins searching for me, even get in the bathroom but didn't find me at all because of the darkness and me silently dodging their hands movement, because i got adapted to the darkness)

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Danish Dynomummy
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3 weeks ago

Adult me too

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LOttawa
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3 weeks ago

I still do that when I go shopping with my teen. It's fun to innocently embarrass her.

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Nicky OldfieldDesciple
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3 weeks ago

The original bored Panda

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Tee
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3 weeks ago

😂😂😂

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Lucinda A. Tanji
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3 weeks ago

We were told not to do that because apparently the janitors clean the walls

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Danish Dynomummy
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3 weeks ago

So true. And the same snacks you had at home tasted 1000 times better at their place!

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Sterling Wible
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3 weeks ago

I do that with root beer in a beer bottle

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Samantha Lomb
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3 weeks ago

" Hey, I'm watching that"- goes right back to sleep

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European other
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3 weeks ago

Do this as a grown up if I find an interesting pen !

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Sterling Wible
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3 weeks ago

I would do every flavor it took so long but it tasted bad.

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Krazy Kanuck
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3 weeks ago

You can always tell who is gonna be a fast runner, when they YELL SHOTGUN.. cause the rotten egg has to sit in the back seat, with sibling

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Unhuman_Weirdo
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3 weeks ago

god. i did this soooooo many times

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What does a Foxxy say?
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3 weeks ago

This is such an old wives tale, so many people still believe this as adults. For those of you that do, it isn’t true.

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Ilona
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3 weeks ago

I did that once.. they cared. I ended up being so embarrassed about pretending to have drowned that I actually pretended to have drowned

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What does a Foxxy say?
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3 weeks ago (edited)

I used to write BOOBLESS, BOOBIES and HELLO on my calculator lol.

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